SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — This winter’s string of Spare the Air Days will continue Monday, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced Sunday.

Due to unhealthy air quality conditions, Monday will be the 12th Spare the Air Day declared this winter, and the second of New Year.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

It is illegal for Bay Area residents to burn wood or other solid fuels on Spare the Air days either indoors or out. The ban is intended to help limit winter air pollution caused by particulates and soot from wood smoke, which are linked to illnesses including asthma, bronchitis and lung disease.

The ban affects Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and central and southern Sonoma and southwestern Solano counties.

For more information, go to or call 1 (877) 4No-Burn.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Comments (3)
  1. Paul says:

    They are burning Charcoal on High Street and Bond Street(2 blocks up hill from
    International Boulevard).This is happening for the past ten years.You do nothing
    to stop them….

    1. Booga says:

      This whole thing is a scam so PG&E will make money for those heating home with gas and electricity, and for the city to make money on fines. We had worse smog days before and they never pushed for spare air day like this winter before.

  2. TheZip says:

    Guess what? Charcoal is NOT wood. Even on these bogus spare the air days in winter the burning of charcoal is NOT restricted. Read the regulation. This idiotic regulation is Regulation 6 Rule 3 for the Air District.

    NOTE the following in item 6-3-214.

    This definition does not include solid fuel intended for cooking food, such as charcoal.

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